Skin Hydration: Keeping Your Skin Moist and Soft

Your skin makes its own oils every day to keep itself soft and supple. For some people, this process goes on daily without a single hitch, but for others, it becomes more and more of a problem. Either the skin produces too many of these natural oils, leading to oily skin, clogged pores and acne, or the skin does not produce enough and the skin becomes dry, itchy, flaky or cracked.

Keeping your skin at the right balance can sometimes be a hard job, but it is more than worth it in the long run. You have to keep in mind however, that even the most normal of skin types can use a little help on occasion, especially in the overly drying winter months when we are cooped up in the house, surrounded by artificial heat.

A good moisturizer should be part of every skin care routine, no matter what the skin type is. Even oily skin needs to have a little of the hydration that is removed from frequent washing restored, especially if the cleansing process is a little on the exuberant side.

People with oily skin on their faces also tend to assume that the rest of their skin is oily as well and will neglect their bodies until they wake to find themselves a patch of peeling, cracked and itchy skin. Even if you skip moisturizing your face for fear of excess oil, do not neglect the rest of your skin as well. At least put a dollop of lotion on the roughest spots if you do nothing else!

Your skin’s hydration can be affected from the inside out as well, so you should make sure that you are getting enough fluid. Most doctors, dietitians and other experts recommend eight, eight ounce glasses of water per day, but if you find that too much to swallow then adjust accordingly.

You get some water from foods that you eat each day, so look to your skin for clues on whether you are getting enough hydration each day: your skin should feel soft and supple, there should be no pale, itchy patches and if you pinch a bit of flesh between your fingers it should snap back into place immediately. If it remains in that position for more than a second or two however, it is called “tenting” and is a sign of possible dehydration. Some people are more susceptible than others to dehydration, so always pay attention to your skin as well as how you feel as an indicator of health.